If you follow me on my other Instagram account, @closetplanneraddict (it’s all about the love for stickers, stationery and my Etsy store), you’ll know from my weekly planner layouts that I’m very driven by tasks and checklists. I function well with them and it gives me immense satisfaction writing a tick on the box when I’ve completed a task. I know that there are umpteenth apps that can do the same thing but there’s something about physically putting a tick in the checklist or crossing it out with a pen that’s far more gratifying than merely clicking a box on an app.
Each day, week and month has a checklist that I try my hardest to tick the boxes off. Even though I know my daily tasks by heart, I still write them down, just to quench my thirst for putting the tick in the box. My productivity levels have increased significantly because of this, and the positive results I get are overwhelming. Who know drawing a square and putting a tick on it felt so good, eh? 🙂
When it comes to blogging, I have checklists too. I didn’t have to come up with one from scratch as there are so many available online. Pinterest is a fantastic resource for this. It was how I discovered this awesome blog called By Regina. Regina’s an amazing blogger that writes about blogging, particularly her no-bullshit approach to it. At the last Problogger Event conference, keynote speaker Jadah Sellner from Simple Green Smoothies said that a blogger should strive to have his/her free content and lead magnets (that’s the *ahem* “bribe” bloggers use get subscribers to sign on to their mailing list. Me, I have my skincare cheat and blog planner 😛 ) better than what people would actually pay for. Regina is a brilliant example of a blogger delivering such content. The level of her free content is epic and I can’t recommend her blog enough for all bloggers to check out.
Anyway, back to my love for checklists. I stumbled upon her blog when I was perusing Pinterest quite some time ago. I discovered her blog post on Daily, Weekly and Monthly Business Tasks for Bloggers where she gave detailed checklists of what bloggers who take their blog full-time should do on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. I liked it so much that I printed it out and glued it on my own blogging notebook to go through each day, week and month.
It might seem like a lot of time and effort to concentrate on the blog with so many tasks per day, week and month and to be honest, it was rather overwhelming at first. But as time went by, most of the tasks came naturally to me and they no longer feel like a burden. These checklists serve as important reminders of things I have to do for my blog, especially tasks that make doing my tax returns much easier instead of panicking and wondering where the hell my receipts are.
If you put in a considerable amount of time and effort on growing your blog, I highly recommend that you download the checklist and go through them on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. It will help you so much like it did me, especially if you’re the type of person who lives by checklists like I do. If her checklists contained certain tasks that are irrelevant to you, why not come up with a checklist of your own? Try it out and watch your productivity (and your blog) soar! 🙂